Sixflame candelabrum, Franz Hagenauer, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, circa 1970, mod. no. 2638, brass nickel-plated, marked
marked with “”wHw” in the circle, “HAGENAUER/WIEN” bib.: comp. contemporary photograph in the Hagenauer Archive at Museum of Applied Arts Vienna, inv. no. HAF 222, Mod. Nr. 2638
In this sixflamed candelabrum Franz Hagenauer takes up the design of his candlestick “tree”. With brass tubes angled at 90 degrees as characteristic elements, that iconic candelabrum won Werkstatte Hagenauer international reputation at Milans Triennale show in 1930.
Lining up the individual candlesticks symmetrically, Franz Hagenauers creates a sculptural object with a very modern appearance. Its futuristic character is further emphasized by the silver-metal material, thus giving the candelabrum an overall no-frills elegance.
Werkstätte Hagenauer – stylistic evolution and importance
Today, the Werkstatte Hagenauer is rightfully among the most important Austrian Arts & Crafts manufacturers of the 20th century. The clear, strict formal language combined with dynamic poses and the usage of brass, nickel-plated, patinated or bare, along with copper, alpaca and exotic wood shows a high level of recognition.
However, it took the siblings Karl and Franz Hagenauer quite some time until they developed their own unique style. Karl and Franz both attended the Vienna School of Arts & Crafts and studied under Josef Hoffmann, Oskar Strnad, Anton Hanak and Dagobert Peche.
Until the closure of the Werkstatte Hagenauer on December 30, 1987, art objects of outstanding quality were still being produced. The siblings Karl and Franz Hagenauer strongly contributed in coining the term „design“ through their legacy and are surely among the most influential Austrian artists of the 20th century.
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